SJE Board Policy 4130 – Community Relations

Administrative Procedure

 

Title 1 Parent Involvement

 

Federal Requirements
The superintendent or designee will ensure that the districtÕs Title I Parent Involvement policy, plan and programs comply with the requirements of federal law.

  1. The district will take the following actions to involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan:
    1. An annual meeting of parents of participating Title I students will be held to explain the goals and purposes of the Title I program.  Parents will be asked to provide feedback at the conclusion of the school year.  They will receive both the building and district Title I parent involvement plans and will be asked to provide feedback to the Title I staff regarding the program.
       
    2. Parents will be given the opportunity to participate in the development, operation and evaluation of the program. Parents will have opportunities to provide feedback during the two student conference windows in person and at the conclusion of the school year as described above; and
       
    3. Parents will be encouraged to participate in planning activities, to offer suggestions, and to ask questions regarding policies and programs

 

  1. The district will take the following actions to involve parents in the process of school review and improvement:
    1. Parents will be given the opportunity to review the school improvement plan.  The plan is available at the school office and on the school district website; and

 

    1. Parents will be encouraged to participate in the building self-review every fall during the creation of the school improvement plan.
       
  1. The district will provide the following coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities:
    1. Identify barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities;
       
    2. Use findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement; and
       
    3. Revise, when necessary, the district and school parent involvement policies.
       
  2. The district will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies with similar strategies under the following other programs, such as: 
    1. Head Start;
       
    2. Learning Assistance Program;
       
    3. Special Education; and


The district will facilitate removing barriers to parental involvement by activities such as:

      1. Conducting joint parent meetings with other programs;
         
      2. Holding meetings at various times of the day and evening;
         
      3. Title I funds may be used to facilitate parent attendance at meetings by payment of transportation and child care costs.
         
  1. The district will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy.
     
  2. The district will build the schoolsÕ and parentÕs  capacity for strong parental involvement through the following: 
    1. The school district will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide information to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
      1. The StateÕs learning standards;
         
      2. The State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments;
         
      3. How to monitor their childÕs progress; and
         
      4. How to work with their child's teacher.
         
    1. The school district will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their childrenÕs academic achievement, by: 
      1. Giving guidance as to how parents can assist at home in the education of their child;
         
      2. Holding parent meetings at various times of the day and evening to provide parents;
         
      3. Providing opportunities for parents to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children;
         
      4. Submitting parent comments about the program to the district; and
         
      5. Providing parents with opportunities to meet with the classroom and Title I, Part A teachers to discuss their childrenÕs progress.
         
  1. School district personnel including teachers, principals and other staff, will reach out to communicate with, and engage parents as equal partners. The district will provide:
    1. Reasons supporting their childÕs selection for the program;
       
    2. A description and explanation of the schoolÕs curriculum;
       
    3. Information in the academic assessment used to measure student progress; and
       
    4. Information on the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
       
  2. The school district will take action to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children. The information will be provided in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand: 
    1. Distribution of the Title I Family Involvement policy on an annual basis in the fall newsletter and via the district's website; and

 

    1. Distribution of the Title I Family Involvement policy in multiple languages or formats to the extent needed and practicable.

 

School-Based Parent Involvement Policy

In addition to the district-wide policy on family involvement, each school offering Title I, Part A services will have a separate school building parent involvement policy.

 

The building-level Title I, Part A parent involvement policy will meet the following requirements:

  1. Each building in the district receiving Title I, Part A funds will jointly develop with and distribute to parents of students served in the program a written building-level policy, agreed upon by parents of Title I served students;
     
  2. The policy will outline how parents, school staff and students share responsibility for student achievement in meeting academic standards;
     
  3. Parents will be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format;
     
  4. To the extent practicable, the policy will be provided in a language the parents can understand; and
     
  5. The policy will be evaluated with parents annually.

 

 

 

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